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Updated: June 11, 2013 6:02AM



Sen. Coats went against what most of want with gun vote

One of our U.S. senators, Dan Coats, was counted among those who threatened to filibuster, and opposed mandated background checks for persons buying guns through the Internet and gun shows.

Apparently, he believes that the Tsarnaev brothers would have been improperly inconvenienced if this law had been in place. What is common sense and reasonable to the people is an infringement to Mr. Coats.

Our country’s great and courageous newspapers called the debacle in the Senate what is was. All over the nation, editorials accurately referred to this moral failure with these words: cowardly, irresponsible, shameful, disgusting and appalling.

This “vote,” without an open and public discussion, failed the American people, in content and in process, and sold out to the NRA, which represents gun manufacturers, not its membership.

Dan Coats felt entitled to ignore 90% of the voters who constitute both sides of the political spectrum.

He, along with some others, seems to actually believe some of the bizarre conspiracy theories spread by the NRA, and if he does not he is just as open to their arguments as he was to receiving their money leading up to his election.

We have clear evidence that Sen. Coats does not really care what you think or that he will even try to support the common good. Surely the Republican Party can find someone to replace him with some who will.

Stuart Swenson

Dyer

Internet sales tax just pits big biz against small ones

The Democratic party demonizes big business during elections but when they can buddy up with big business to destroy small businesses across the nation they are all in. The rush to pass sales tax on interstate purchases over the Internet does just that.

Walmart and Amazon teamed up against eBay to pass this legislation to put their competition out of business calling it “leveling the playing field.” The bad thing is that there are Republicans joining in on this economy-destroying legislation.

Big business has the advantage over small businesspersons in volume buying of merchandise. I doubt that Walmart or Amazon would go out of business if this legislation does not pass. But if it does pass it certainly will put many small businesses out on the street.

More jobs lost. More people on welfare and food stamps. It will overburden small business once again trying to pay over 9,500 taxing jurisdictions. But Amazon is ready to help by selling software to figure it all out. They profit and small business and the consumer lose.

Jim Thompson

Portage



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